Message from Father Langan, November 27-28

November 27-28

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, 

Often in life things happen quickly and we find ourselves unprepared.  So it seems with Advent. Who hasn’t asked themselves,”… you mean it’s here already? Indeed it is! Happily this year we have nearly four full weeks of this season of preparation before  we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus  Christ. How then shall we use this time? Let us look  to what mothers do when they anticipate the birth  of their child. A nursery is generally cleaned, painted,  decorated and made into a welcoming place for the  newborn. There is extraordinary excitement even in  the midst of calm and meditative waiting. These very  common responses of an expectant mother are also  a profound lesson for how we can prepare our souls  for the birth of Christ. 

Of course, Our Lord has already been born, but spiritually He desires to be, in a sense, born again in our  hearts and souls. Thus we must prepare ourselves  for that rebirth. We ask, “Have I prepared my soul to  welcome the King?” Has our soul become cluttered  and dusty with sin? Is it a fitting place to welcome a  new-born? God in His mercy and graciousness has  given us the means to prepare the nursery of our  souls—Confession, the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  During Advent, amid the hustle and bustle of the  season, our first priority should be to make a good  Confession. As you know, your priests are available  daily, before and after Mass to hear confessions. We  also have, at St Mary Magdalen, Confessions from  10:30 to 12 noon every Saturday. In case of a funeral  we will hear confessions at St John’s. 

May God bestow wondrous graces upon you during  this Holy Season as we prepare for the Coming of the  Lord. 

In His Peace, 

Father Langan


In preparation for the upcoming holidays, we will be hosting a mandatory Altar Server Training for all current and prospective servers on Saturday, December 4 at 11:00 AM  (please note change in time) at St. John the Evangelist Church.  Any 4th – 8th grade who is interested in becoming an altar server is invited to join.  Please contact the Parish Office so we have an idea on how many will be attending.

Message from Father Langan, November 20-21

November 20-21

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As Americans it is not easy for us to wrap our heads around the concept of monarchy.  We see things through the lens of our democratic-republic system of government and we know how messy that often is.  When we think of kings and queens they can seem to be “out of our league” and unapproachable.  That may be so for earthly rulers but hardly the case when it comes to our Divine King and Sovereign.  Jesus Christ came amongst us as the Good Shepherd, gentle and kind, Who laid down His life for His sheep.  He extracted no recompense from His followers except to love God above all things and to love our neighbor as well.

It would be quite inappropriate to project our notion of earthly kings or rulers on the Lord Jesus.  He has come to bring us together in His kingdom, one which is ruled by charity and self-sacrifice.  What a joyful consolation for us knowing that we are drawn into this kingdom.  We have a place here and now and our shepherd-king has shown us how to live within it.  He asks for our humble but necessary cooperation to build up the kingdom founded upon the throne of the Cross.  Every time you look upon that cross-beamed throne see the Real King and once again pledge your loyalty and allegiance to Him Who has already made a place for you in His Eternal Kingdom.

With this Solemnity we come to the near- end of the Year of Grace 2021.  It has been a difficult, challenging and upsetting year for many but it should not defeat us.  Next Sunday begins the Holy Season of Advent and we implore God’s good favor upon us that the days ahead may bring good health, less fearfulness, and a deep inner peace to all distressed hearts and souls.  Though Advent always seems to fly by, try to take time to let the joyful expectation of the season permeate the depths of your soul for Emmanuel comes once again to renew the world.

With Blessings,

Father  Langan

Message for Mass Attendees:

The health and safety of everyone who attends Mass at Saint John the Evangelist Parish is of critical
importance to us.

Our parish was notified that an individual who was present at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Saint John the
Evangelist Church later tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, November 16. We are sending this
notification to fully inform and protect our community.

The Diocese of Scranton strongly recommends that all people wear masks while attending Mass,
regardless of their vaccination status.

Everyone in our community is encouraged to know and keep alert for any potential symptoms of COVID19, which may include (but are not limited to) fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
muscle pain, headache or a loss of taste and smell. If anyone develops any of those symptoms, they
should contact their healthcare provider.

Our parish community wishes to extend prayers for healing and comfort to the individual who is
experiencing illness and for all those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Message from the Assistant Pastor

Missionaries in Our Midst

I am grateful to God for the gift of faith, family and my priesthood, and to all of you and your pastor for the generous opportunity to appeal here in your parish on behalf of my home diocese at this year’s World Mission Appeal. My name is Fr. Dominic sabi from the Diocese of Sunyani, Ghana. I am working in the Diocese of Scranton along with four diocesan priests, Fr. Philbert Takyi Nketiah at St. Jude’s church, Mountain Top, Fr. Clement Amankwaah, Christ the King church, Archbald,Fr Stephen Asomah Amponsah, Our Lady of snows, Clarks summit, Fr Sixtus Evans Appiah Kyereme, St. Mary’s parish, Nantecoke as missionaries. 

We are here because it has become necessary to reciprocate the generosity of the many American missionaries who made generous sacrifices and brought the Catholic Faith to us in Ghana many years ago, and helped to nurture its growth to maturity; we are so glad to do same as a diocese and as individual priests. But to be able to continue to offer this needed help, we need more priests. We have more vocation but the high cost of priestly formation in a crumbly economy of a developing country like Ghana is so daunting on us as a diocese. That is why we need your financial support on this year’s World Mission Appeal.

  • In total, the diocese spends about $75,000 (400,000 Ghana Cedis) on our 65 major seminarians annually (about $1,150. per seminarian).  
  • This expenditure highly strains the finances of the Diocese and painfully limits its efforts to provide other highly needed social services such as good Catholic Education, quality healthcare and potable water to many poorer rural communities we serve.

Drawing inspiration from the statement: “World Mission Sunday joins all the Catholics of the world into one community of faith”, I humbly invite you as a member of this one community of faith, to consider making a generous donation to support this worthy course, or better still, be a benefactor to one seminarian. Who knows? The priest you help to form today, may be serving this parish in some few years to come just as Frs. Clement, Philbert, Stephen, Sixtus and I  are serving here now. Please, support this appeal by giving a cash donation or write a check to St. John the Evangelist for  World Mission Sunday.


Father Dominic

Message from Father Langan, November 6-7

November 6-7

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As you well know the Month of November is dedicated to praying for the repose of the souls of our beloved dead and their eventual entrance into Heaven.  The wonder of being in the communion of saints is that we are connected beyond the realm of death and are very much able to interact through the grace of prayer and sacrifice.  We on earth implore the assistance of those who behold the face of God to watch over, protect and encourage us to make our journey home to the Lord.  And we are truly grateful that they intercede for us.

Likewise, the souls in purgatory are dependent and grateful to us as we intercede for them.  They rely on our prayers and sacrifices that their time in purgatory may be expedited and their entrance into glory may be hastened.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the most important means by which the suffering souls may be consoled and look forward to their eventual enjoyment of the Beatific Vision.  There are however other means by which these souls may be purified.  I draw your attention to the most recent declaration from the Holy See:  “Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Apostolic Penitentiary-in response to requests from bishops around the world-is once again extending opportunities to gain indulgences for the benefit of the faithful departed.  By means of the decree the indulgence is extended to the entire month of November.  When the faithful visit a cemetery and pray the Apostles Creed, the Our Father, Hail Mary and pray for the intentions of the Pope, a  plenary indulgence will benefit the soul for whom that holy act is offered.  A cemetery visit may be made each day.  The person making the visit should, within 20 days make a good Confession, receive Our Lord in Holy Communion and renounce all attachment to sin.  This personal sacrifice will in cooperation with the supreme sacrifice of Christ bring refreshment to the souls in purgatory.  Recalling the words of Our Lord:  “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

May our humble sacrifices bring release to those we love.

With Blessings,

Father Langan

Message from Father Langan, October

October 30-31

October 30-31

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today in the Gospel of St. Mark we read a particularly instructive teaching of the Lord. The First Great Commandment is the “Shema” of Deuteronomy 6:4, (the second account of the Law or Torah and the third book of the Bible). The Second Great Commandment reflects Leviticus 19:18. These are the foundation of our response to God and neighbor and when we daily examine our conscience we do so with these Commandments before our mind’s eye. The Lord has certainly made our self-reflection quite simple for us, but do we use it? Have I loved the Lord with my whole being, have I loved my neighbor as myself? Both our personal lives and the world revolve around these essential questions and how readily we see the consequences of how these questions are answered.

When we surrender ourselves to the mercy of God we more acutely respond to these challenges from Christ. First we recognize the unfathomable mercy we have received from Him and then we know in justice how merciful we must be towards others.

This year All Saints Day falls on a Monday and therefore it is not a Holy Day of Obligation. Nonetheless, three parish Masses will be offered on that day. Please refer to the bulletin schedule for times. Likewise, the following day is All Souls and three Masses will be offered for our Beloved dead. These two days remind us of the great Communion of Saints of which we are a part: The Church triumphant wherein the holy souls partake of the Beatific Vision and bask in the glory of the Lord; the Church in Purgatory where the saved are not yet ready to present themselves before God as they are being purified they depend upon our prayers and sacrifices most especially the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to unshackle them from the consequences of sin; and the Church Militant or in pilgrimage here on earth as we struggle to love God and neighbor with every fiber of our being. In our struggles we call upon the saints in Heaven to assist us as we make our journey to our everlasting home.

With Blessings,

Father Langan

Message from Father Langan, October 23-24

October 23-24

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

Today is World Mission Sunday,  when we focus on the very nature of the Church which is to bring the Good News of salvation to the whole world.  The Faith we live and profess came about because a missionary came to our respective countries of origin, risking life and limb, to bring us knowledge and wisdom of the one true God and His love and mercy for us.  We must never forget and be every grateful to those saintly men and women who brought Jesus to us.  They left the security of familiarity of their homes and country because they were committed to “another land,”  namely, the Kingdom of Heaven.  Like Our Lord they often had nowhere to “lay their head” and were dependent upon the kindness of strangers to support them.  Not much has changed.  Right here in Honesdale are we not the blessed recipients of a missionary, Father Dominic?  He too, has left home and family to serve the Gospel and bring us to Christ.   How grateful we must be.  Therefore, let us be as generous as possible in continuing the mission of the Church to go out to all the nations, Baptizing in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and declaring the Good News of Salvation.

After decades of service to our faith community of St. Joseph, Rileyville, Betty Ann Rutledge, our organist, has decided to retire.  We are extremely grateful to her for directing our choir and leading our faithful in raising their voices in praise of the Lord.  Betty Ann has used the gift that God gave her to enhance our worship as we join the angels and saints in praising the Lord.  May the Lord bless her abundantly for her dedication and faithful commitment and may she enjoy a well-deserved rest.

And so we are looking for someone to come forward to continue the beautiful music ministry we have at St. Joseph.  If there is anyone among our faithful who may be interested is being organist and choir director, Please contact Father Langan ASAP.  Or, if you know of someone who may be interested, kindly bring it to my attention.

We trust in God to always provide for our needs, especially when it is in service to Him/

With Blessings,

Father Langan

Message from Father Langan, October 16-17

October 16-17

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

Arrogance-ambition-resentment—and shock! These are the vices that jump out at us in today’s Gospel passage from St. Mark. And from whom do they emanate? No less than the chosen disciples of the Lord. Because these men were up close and personal with Him, we tend to idealize these important characters. But characters they certainly were. In reality, they were a rough and, as we see, a self-promoting bunch whom our Lord had to hone into men ready to lay down their lives for Him and the sake of the Gospel. Their spiritual journey was a process of on-going conversion and, most likely not the time of their own deaths, had they reached the point of no longer living for themselves but for the Lord. Our own lives may follow a similar pattern. We want to be close to Jesus, in fact, we revel in it, but always there looms the temptation to “shine in His sight”. Surely, whatever “shine” there may be is not from us, but from His grace shining through us. Our effort is to make sure that nothing obstructs or dims the grace Our Lord so freely gives.

And how do we do that?

Make a good confession.

With Blessings

Father Langan